Google sandbox is a concept that has been in motion since 2004. Although it has never been formally confirmed by Google; nevertheless it has generated a debate among the SEO’s; thus consuming up space for more speculation around what a Google sandbox really is.
There has been a noted update to such “sandbox” in May 2014; which further toughened the so called “Google sandbox effect”.
What is Google Sandbox?
Therefore, it poses an importance to find out what a Google sandbox is really and how to either avoid it or sail along with it and eventually get out of it. Since its first initiation and throughout, some SEO experts believed that such sandbox is just a major search engine algorithm update by Google, to restrict the new sites which are trying to run fast.
Prior to the update in 2004, new sites could rank in an average of three to six months, only if they have great content and if they gained good links.
We all know that Google is generally fighting these spammers, and of course it will give more attention to those newcomers who want to rank in a quick manner and do whatever it takes to get them to the top of SERP’s. So, any use of these black hat practices, could make it worse.
But, that seems to make it difficult for most of the newcomers who want to start their journey, and see initial results to motivate them to continue. Isn’t it?
In this roundup post, you will know how to avoid being sandboxed by Google.
Furthermore, you will get tips from reputable experts to get organic traffic to your brand new website.
I asked 59 well respected SEO and blogging experts this question:
How to drive organic traffic to a brand new website ASAP, and avoid being caught in Google Sandbox?
Here are their valuable answers:
Jordan Kasteler is a freelance marketing consultant, blogger, and entrepreneur.
The best way to generate organic traffic to a new site, and avoid being sandboxed, is to develop relevant content right away.
A lot of sites get caught up in fine tuning a site launch to nail down design and user-experience, but all you need is a skeleton site be ready for publishing content. The quicker you publish, the more you publish, and the better quality the content is the quicker you’ll get content ranking and be bringing in organic traffic (and links)!
Meanwhile, you can optimize the site for later results. Of course, this entails creating content around well researched topics and keywords to ensure your posts are targeted enough to bring in organic visitors. The referral traffic from links and social sharing will be a hugely added benefit as well.
When it comes to a brand new website, it’s almost impossible to get Google traffic fast. It takes quite some time for Google to find your website, process the content that you have there and figure out if you deserve to rank at all.
And most importantly, you need links from other sites. And building links is not something you can do in a day or two.
Growing your backlink profile naturally is a slow gradual process that only pays off in the long run.
(Unless of course you go for paid linkbuilding tactics, but that is very risky)
So if I were to start a brand new website my #1 priority would be creating something unique and extremely valuable. Be it a blog, an ecommerce store or SAAS.
Sam Hurley is a lateral-thinking, #1 ranked digital marketer and Founder of OPTIM-EYEZ.
The best strategy to avoid a slow start is to buy a relevant, expired domain or an active domain that is up for sale (DomCop).
Look for the key metrics including a high trust flow / citation flow ratio (Majestic), age, traffic and also domain authority (Moz) as an extra check…although this can be easily gamed.
Thoroughly assess the quality and accumulation of backlinks in their entirity (AHREFS) and establish whether your considered domain is worth the purchase.
The money you spend on the right aged domain will pay you back many times over and you will gain almost instant organic traffic!
If you don’t particularly want a different domain name other than your own, you can purchase healthy aged or expired domains and redirect them to your money site for the ranking boost.
Google Sandbox? Well, here’s an interesting tweet from Google’s own Gary Illyes!
Kulwant Nagi is a professional blogger, affiliate marketer and a creative writer.
It’s a big question, because the whole industry is struggling to get the traffic only.
Once you have the right traffic, you can sell anything, but the biggest problems is how to get that traffic.
For a new site, I would love to use the outreach approach, where I am going to connect with the top influencers in my niche and ask them allow me write a quality guest post on their blog. In this approach, I am going to grab the white-hat backlinks and high link-juice which Google always recommend,
Further, I will use infographic approach. I am going to create a very informative infographics in my niche and submit them on quality blogs to again get some relevant backlinks.
These 2 approaches are more than enough to make Google love your blog and give ranking to your articles.
John Vanderlaan is a blogger and internet marketer with a passion for helping others.
My strategy for generating organic traffic and avoiding or minimizing the Google sandbox consists of a number of different steps.
- Keyword Research
Every project starts with keyword research in order to confirm that an adequate number of people are searching for your keyword and that you can outrank the competition.
- High Quality Content
Once we have done our keyword research, we should have an understanding of our competition and why they are ranking. Now we simply create content that is of higher quality than the current top ranking pages for our keyword.
- Build Links
Now it is time to establish authority in our niche and there is no better way to do that than building links from other sites. There are many ways to do this from guest posts to PBNs, or even roundup posts.
My best advice to you if you are a beginner is to rent links from a reputable seller while you are pursuing guest posting opportunities.
- Use IFTTT to Establish a Social Fortress
IFTTT stands for If This Then That and it can help you to share your posts across a number of Social sites that will help to establish your authority in your niche to Google.
Here are some of the sites that I use to establish a social fortress.
- Google Plus
- Medium and more.
That is just a partial list, but should be enough to get you started.
When I follow the four steps above, I begin to see traffic very quickly and if my site is high quality, that traffic sticks around and Google sees that I am a player in that niche and begins to move me up in the rankings.
Cheers for a prosperous 2017!
If quick results for traffic are needed, there is no SEO that comes close to the results you can get with advertising.
If you have a site with a good conversion to goals then you’ll get immediate results.
Search traffic is extremely profitable over time and an important part of any publicity campaign. Using it try to get discounted traffic in a hurry is a red flag to me. In 99.9% of the cases I have seen, the rush is an attempt to revive from a poor strategy or failure in execution. The sooner I can convince you to take a look at what keeps you from being profitable with paid traffic, the more likely we’ll be able to get you immense value from optimization.
Most shortcuts go to a dead end. Make sure the process works well enough for paid traffic and you’ll always do better with search traffic.
Patrick Coombe is a blogger and CEO of SEO agency Elite Strategies.
For me, dealing with a new site is all about dealing with reality.
You are most likely going to face a “time out” period (what I like to call it) while Google evaluates your website. During this time, I find it best to focus on a 3 tiered organic approach:
- Promoting current content on social media
- Building a content silo
- Focus on traditional SEO
Social media is by far the best way to deal with the traffic slump you might be facing during the first few weeks or months of a new website. You have a clean slate on social media. If you can think of a viral strategy that can generate lots of traffic, chances are the links will start coming in as well. It all depends on the exact niche of the website, but for a new eCommerce site for example, promoting a hot new product on social media will surely yield some great organic social traffic and some links as well.
By building a content silo, you are putting money in the content bank for tomorrow. Google loves websites that art topically relevant and ‘fresh’ and there is no better way to do that than to build a silo. If you can, publish a new post every few days. In the beginning I like to focus on evergreen content. Make your content the best and most useful piece on the entire web. Make it so that your “how to” is better than any other resource available. This might sound like a tall order, but the rewards will be enormous.
This might sound a little obvious, but you can’t forget to focus on traditional SEO, specifically on-page. Make sure your site map is properly done, and that you’ve fetched and rendered your site in Google. It doesn’t hurt to use some old school indexing tricks like Tweeting your site or sharing it on Google+. Ensure your site loads super fast, and has all the normal SEO factors implemented such as a great title tag and proper meta description.
Lastly a few “bonus” way to generate organic traffic is to find some relevant forums or content sharing platforms in your particular niche. This is always good for a little kick start. Also, don’t forget the most obvious way to bring in some traffic: ask for it. When I first started, I was always sending DM’s, tweets, emails, and even Facebook messages to people directly asking them to check out our site. Just don’t disappoint them when they come to your site, make sure it is something they will actually be interested in.
Andrew Holland is the founder of Zoogle Media. He provides content marketing to small and large companies.
If you want to gain fast organic traffic to a new site the only way is content.
You need to create content that will really move the audience and the source of that movement is going to come from social media and forums.
SEO is great because once you have a ranking for a keyword it will stabilise a business but until then you need to get traffic and you can either pay for that or get it for free.
So start off by finding a pain point or goal of your audience and write an article that gives a tonne of value. Whilst you are doing this article you should be engaging daily within groups on Facebook and LinkedIN, also do this on industry forums.
Once you have added value to those groups you can share your article and if the article has hit the right pain point or helps them to reach their goal you will see traffic.
To further add to this you need the article shared and to do this you need to study virality. Look at what goes Viral and read Contagious by Jonah Berger which will help you!
Joshua Ballard is the founder of Paradox Marketing, an Inbound Marketing Agency in Adelaide.
In order to gain traffic ASAP to a new site I take a more lateral approach. Whilst there is almost always going to be some key head terms that are highly desirable to start ranking for, the reality is that the new kid on the block simply isn’t going to get there particularly fast.
The quickest way that you are going to start seeing organic traffic to a new site will be on your mid to long tail keywords.
Make sure that you are highly aware of your entire keyword strategy from the word go, and understand which keywords are less contested from the very beginning.
When I first launched my Marketing Agency website, every single agency in my home town was competing for the terms “Adelaide marketing agency”, or “seo adelaide”. I knew it would take me a while to even get to the front page for these terms, let alone into the top 3. However, I also could see that terms such as Adelaide +email +marketing, or Adelaide +blog +management were far less contested.
So many SEO’s can get all worked up with chasing volume keywords that they forget that the primary reason they want to rank is to get traffic that then goes on to convert. My selection of less contested sub-pages not only got me traffic faster than could reasonably be expected, it actually brought me leads well before most organic strategies could even begin to think about paying off.
Umesh Singh is a digital marketing strategist and a Curious Blogger. He helps small companies to grow their business through web.
“How to get natural traffic for a new website?” It is the phrase that probably everyone one searches in the search engines when he doesn’t see any spike in his analytics dashboard. Isn’t it?
And the funny thing is, even after spending several hours and reading hundreds of posts he hardly finds any useful post that helps him to generate natural traffic for his website.
Generating instant natural traffic for your website isn’t hard as you think.
Today, I am going to share with you, my two-step formula that led to a flood of visitors to my website.
Create value-packed content
No one is going to read your article if it doesn’t provide any value to them.
People come to your website to find a solution to their problem. If your site failed to do that, they would move away and seek that information somewhere else.
It’s your job to deliver that solution to them in an entertaining way.
If you are providing informative content in a boring way, it will not only reduce readers interest in your content but also, they might never visit your website again.
In a word, whatever content you are creating keep your audience’s interest and their need in your mind.
Promote content at the right platform
Your content is worthless until it reaches to the right audiences. It’s your job to find to those people and deliver them your content.
Here is how you can do that:
Step 1 – Brainstorm where your right audience could be, is it forums, social media channels, or any particular groups (Facebook, Google Plus, or LinkedIn)?
Step 2- List down all the possible places where your audiences like to hang out and join them.
Step 3- Participate in the discussions and establish your credibility. Once people start showing their trust on you, you can suggest them to read your content.
Apart from these, you can also do guest posting, blog commenting on high authority sites, and broken link-building and many more according to your ability.
You don’t need to follow all types of link-building tactics that people suggest because you can’t apply all of them. Instead, focus on those that you can do perfectly.
Don’t worry about Google Sandbox, once Google see your content are useful to and people are talking about it, it release your website from Google Sandbox.
Ahfaz Ahmed is a blogger who loves to write about blogging and internet marketing.
Generating traffic to a new website is not easy. You have to work really hard. If you’re starting out a new site, the best way to get traffic would be to leverage influencers and other bloggers in your industry.
So here’s if today I were starting a new website, this would be my strategy:
- Create insanely detailed content: Nowadays, everyone is creating detailed content.
To stand out of the crowd, you have to make your content the best.
For example, I published the biggest list of WordPress plugins on the internet (Yes, that’s true). I included over 250 plugins and designed the page to make it look appealing.
Then all I did was to reach out to people who would be interested in reading the list. You can find such people using Buzzsumo.
It should be actionable, visually appealing and unique from others.
Once you do this, start doing email outreach. If you suck at it, don’t reach out to influencers. A good way around is to implement the BFF commenter technique.
- Interview experts on your website: This is a great way to get exposure for your website. Start out with people with small websites. Then level up slowly and interview influencers. As we are in 2017, video marketing is the next big thing.
So try to do video interviews with these people instead of just written content. And if you’re shy on camera, maybe you can start a podcast.
- Do expert roundups: People love expert roundups like this one. Start networking with bloggers and marketers.
Then reach out to them and do and expert roundup. This one is easiest way to get traffic to your website quickly. Because you don’t have to create content yourself and people included in your roundup will share the post themselves.
These are the steps I would follow if I had to start a new website today. And if you want to just post regular content like others, then you will have to promote it like a mad-man.
Not getting in Google Sandbox is not really that hard – just don’t dabble with stuff that might get your site penalized.
‘ASAP’ is relative. It doesn’t mean a day or two or a week or a month. It just means as soon as humanly possible. And if possible also means ‘safe’ then consequently that means doing ethical, white-hat SEO.
Doing a content analysis on Buzzsumo is easy as pie – and you get to realize what kind of content your target audience is ready and eager to consume. Write a monster piece about it, build some links to it, promote it in forums and communities and wait for Google to pay you back with better rankings.
That’s pretty much what I did to build SEO Hacker’s organic traffic to where it is today.
Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings.
I am not sure I believe in the Google sandbox, and actually just started a new niche site in December. It is already (within 2 weeks) getting a few hits from organic search and showing up in more and more results as the content gets added.
However, if people are struggling to get traffic in any situation this is what I would do:
– comment on blogs in your niche (rounds out your link profile and brings new visitors)
– build on main social media account (for me it was Twitter, and that is the biggest traffic bringer for my new site)
– start guest posting on some smaller sites (get some links, get some visitors)
– if you have some extra time, potentially leave your new site content in relevant groups or forums (be careful though, in most cases this is just “link dropping” and not appreciated, but if it’s relevant and helpful, go for it)
Now go get the SEO traffic!
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes and Neil Patel Dot Com.
The Google Sandbox is built for bloggers who do things from a place of fear. Bloggers in a hurry, or, the ASAP crowd LOL!
Google only penalizes desperate or greedy bloggers. Because if you generate organic traffic from a fun-loving, peaceful, relaxed, patient space, you will stay out of the sandbox and also rank well for solid keywords.
Blog for fun, mainly. Don’t blog to get traffic or profits or ranking on Google because these fear-based drivers will usually land you in the sandbox. For me, ASAP means As Soon As Passionate. Or, As Soon As Patient. Because when I made blogging about following my passion, I became patient, and being a passionate, patient blogger helped me create the cool content and make awesome friends which both helped me rank for even competitive keywords. This strategy works for new and established blogs but you really really REALLY new to do the energy-work first, embracing your fear of running out (aka As Soon As Possible) which is the hurried, desperate, worried energy which leads you into actions which put you in the sandbox.
Passion. Patience. Create helpful content. Make friends by promoting other bloggers. Toss out your shovels and buckets.
You’ll never be in the Sandbox again.
Abdul Samad is a professional blogger from Pakistan, he posts on his blog, Born Blogger.
The strategy to generate organic traffic to a new site as soon as possible is so quite simple.
Well, You need to produce a quality content along with the 5000 words article.
You just need to do Keyword research before writing content.
Believe me it’s a fastest and safest way to rank our articles immediately on Google.
I’ve tried and ranked many of my articles by this technique without even backlinks.
SERPIQ analyzed over 2 million ranked keyword websites and found that 2500 words content is really ranking on Google.
So, writing more and quality can help 🙂
Kevin Indig is an organic search optimizer and digital marketer, currently as director of SEO @ Dailymotion in Silicon Valley.
In order to avoid the “sandbox effect”, which has never been proven, by the way, I recommend webmasters to use all available marketing channels to boost the site, at least for a while. That includes setting up social profiles on the more popular networks, running some brand Adwords campaigns and maybe even ads on social networks.
That will lead to three things: 1. It increases the general awareness of your site, which increases the potential of getting valuable backlinks and people recognizing your brand in the SERPs to increase the CTR. 2. It signals Google that your building an actual brand that deserves trust. 3. You receive some instant traffic to evaluate how happy your users are on your site, i.e. by analyzing user signals (CTR, bounce rate, time on site, pages per visit).
If you want to accelerate a site like that, using additional channels to build up organic traffic is the fastest way.
Robin Khokhar is the founder of Tricky Enough, a blog where you can find all about Blogging and SEO.
It is difficult to generate Organic traffic for any new site but not impossible.
So, I always use the long tail keywords with less or no competition having the high traffic. As Brainstorming becomes an important part of a new website to get organic traffic and basic SEO.
So, I always prefer Long tail keywords with Good on-page SEO techniques.
Tim Felmingham is an industry veteran, writing about Internet Marketing Tips at timfelmingham.com.
The Google Sandbox is a myth!
Originally, it was a system where Google tested new sites – usually to their advantage. What happened was, Google would show a new site at different positions in the SERPS to see how well it was received, in other words how many people clicked on it.
If a site performed well, then it would usually rank well after it left ‘the sandbox’, if it performed badly then it would be buried further down the list.
So the phenomenon that occurred in those days was that a new site would often appear to perform quite well at first as Google tested it on page one, and then once everybody had got all excited, it would suddenly disappear into the depths…
The sandbox was often an asset to an SEO, rather than a liability. It boosted results in the short term, perhaps only to dash your hopes later.
What ’the sandbox’ is commonly perceived to be now, is an additional filter that Google uses to ‘penalise’ new sites, until they have proved their worth. It’s widely thought that you have to somehow ‘get out of the sandbox’ in order to rank.
There is absolutely no proof that such a system exists! None.
I have had new sites rank very well indeed pretty much straight away, and I’ve had others that haven’t. It’s all down to the content, and the competition in the SERPS for that particular keyword search.
What often happens is that a new site doesn’t rank very well at first, because it has no backlinks, no social proof, no authority.
Then over time, as it acquires backlinks, shares etc, it’s rankings gradually rise…
This is a natural function of the Google algorithm, not a dark ‘sandbox’ penalty. It is exactly what you would expect to happen, if you think about it logically.
So my advice is forget about the sandbox. Just concentrate on writing very good content, and promoting it widely – that is the secret to SEO today, and it’s the ONLY thing that matters.
What do I mean by very good content?
I mean provide the very best answer to the user’s query. Don’t think about optimising for a single keyword or keywords any more – those days are gone.
Concentrate instead on providing the widest, most comprehensive, and in-depth coverage of a topic possible.
That’s the way to rank these days.
Anh Nguyen is the founder of Bloggingthing, a space that supports bloggers’ growth.
Great question, Hussain, this is something I’m sure a lot of budding webmasters wonder themselves. To answer, I’ll divide your question into two parts.
First of all,
How to avoid being caught in Google Sandbox?
The short answer is, you can’t. SEO is game of patience. And when you are building a new site, Google will need that 2 – 3 months time to familiarise with you and to make sure that you’re a real deal, and a worthy result to showcase. In the meantime, the best you can do is write quality content and build authoritative links – give yourself full leverage once you are out of Sandbox.
Second of all, what is my strategy to generate organic traffic to a new site ASAP? Given that my new site is still in the Sandbox which means minimum organic traffic from search engines, I will rely on networking with other folks in my niche (via comments, direct contact and their social media channels) and social media marketing.
Ivan Bayross is a Digital Marketing evangelist. He has spent 19+ years, multiplying income streamed from the Internet for client’s using creative digital marketing strategies.
Here’s what I always do for any new site to build traffic organically.
- Ensure that every single page of the website is search engine friendly.
NOTE: Do remember that Google is not the only search engine in existence.
If the site is built on WordPress, use YOAST (or a similar) plugin.
Read through the excellent YOAST training available on the site.
Understand the content that’s must be added to each and every page on the site to make them search engine friendly.
Ensure that each webpage has a terrific ‘Description’, written to engage with anyone using a search engine, to search for content that your webpage also delivers.
Ensure that you have great keywords and Key phrases (Long tailed Keywords) inserted into YOAST for each page.
- Market each website page on different social channels. (eg. Facebook, Facebook groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, LinkedIn groups, Pinterest, Google+ groups)
Post at least twice a day.
Use different times on different days.
Talk about the value proposition that your webpage/website delivers.
Ensure you use different content on different channels.
Do not repeat the same content, again and again, on social channels.
- Make sure you have a Blog as part of your ‘Static’ website.
Publishing new Blog posts regularly make a website dynamic.
Make sure that each Blog post is more than 1000 words.
Each Blog post should add some measurable value to its reader.
Make sure that there is a copyright free, featured image for each Blog post.
This is what makes the search engine (indexing) bot keep coming back to the site regularly.
- Use content curation tools and publish excellent content created by other Bloggers on your website.
Use social media to inform them of what you’ve done.
- Reference parallel material written by other Bloggers within every one of your Blog posts.
Next, reach out to each such Blogger whose content you’ve referenced.
Let them know you’ve referred to their content in your Blog post using social media.
- Identify a dozen or more websites that offer similar / parallel content to your Blog.
The write several Guest Blog posts on each site.
All Blog sites that accept guest Blog posts, allow at least one link within the Author’s signature that will point back to your site.
Make a plan, then stick to the plan.
Push out multiple guest Blog posts with a link pointing back to different pages on your website.
- Place a Blog post excerpt, with a link back to the Blog post itself, on at least 5 good Blog directories, for every single Blog post published.
- Offer a valuable incentive for Blog post comments.
5 comments and the commenter can:
- The commenter will get ‘Do-Follow’ back links
- Attend a webinar for free.
- Download 3 great eBooks.
- Get some coding / tweaking work for free.
- Get a 1 on 1 consultancy for free.
- Create a Facebook page. Bind this to our Blog. Publish your Blog posts on the Facebook page consistently.
Boost the content posted to the Facebook page. I really does not cost an arm and a leg.
You need to keep doing all of the above without faltering for a new website.
It takes time, persistence, and a plan to build organic traffic using search engines.
Nothing happens overnight.
That said, traffic built organically is faithful traffic.
Your site visitors will keep coming back to your site regularly.
David Leonhardt runs the Happy Guy Marketing, a Canadian agency providing both writing and online promotion services.
As with most things in life, getting traffic to a new website takes either time or money (or both).
Check if you are driving a BMW. If not, I’ll assume you need to invest some time. The key is to invest time that will bring both short-term and long-term benefits.
That time should be spent networking.
Make a list of all the blogs where your prime audience already hands out. Comment on them. Repeatedly and intelligently.
Make a list of all the influencers that your prime audience follows on social media. Share their content, interact with them and connect with their followers.
Make a list of all the forums in your niche. Answer questions.
This is called “networking.” You become someone that people know. You become someone people trust. They will visit your website and share your content. Long-term, you will gain brand advocates and link-authority.
Lesly Federici is a Registered Nurse (RN) turned Community, Affiliate Marketer. She is CEO/Publisher of PAC (Power Affiliate Club).
I find many over-think the “Traffic” issue. For me, this is just crazy because it doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be quite simple just by tapping into the human machine of Engagement. I have been an advocate of “Tribe” traffic for years and have found it to be the most dependable, rewarding, and quickest method to generate organic traffic to my websites.
Joining a community where members visit each other’s blog and leave comments will immediately increase search engine rankings.
The only challenge I see is member consistency. The more a community works together generating traffic for each other’s website, the better the results for everyone.
Donna Merrill is a pro blogger who focuses on improving the lives of her readers, subscribers and clients.
I think the default traffic strategy for most people starting a new site is SEO.
While that sets a good foundation, it’s not likely to help you generate traffic right away.
That’s because you really have to factor the Google Sandbox effect into your strategy.
You certainly cannot rely on great content and strong backlinks to save you from the sandbox.
The truth is, Google gives search preference to seasoned sites.
This means, if you want to hit the ground running, you’ll need an alternate strategy.
As a blogging coach, I teach my clients to use blog outreach methods to generate organic traffic.
Essentially, the lesson is to stop trying to get people to your site… take your site (or your message) to them, instead.
There are many ways to make this happen.
Two of the better methods, I think, are (1) guest posting and (2) submitting your posts to curation sites.
Now, I’m not going to get into what sites to approach because it varies widely, depending on your niche.
The underlying idea for both methods, though, is the same in all niches..
The guest posting method: approach top bloggers in your niche and propose to write a blog post for them as a guest author.
The curation site method: approach owners or admins of top curation sites, and ask them if they’ll curate your blog post on their site.
Now, both of these techniques are great ways to get traffic to a new site because it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re in the Google Sandbox.
So, you’re not relying of Google to send traffic your way, you are generating it it yourself through your outreach to other blogs or websites.
In both cases, you’re getting your voice, your ideas, your great content out to readers in your niche.
But it’s not the result of you “driving traffic” to your site.
It’s because you have taken steps to get your content onto other people’s blogs and websites.
That will result in lots of organic traffic finding it’s way back to your site, regardless of how Google or any other search engine decides to rank your blog.
Muhammad Ahmad is the youngest SEO Expert from Pakistan, a Graphic designer, and a writer. Working from living room since 2012!
In order to generate organic traffic to a new site ASAP, all I focus is, on link building and social signals. Link building helps me to get authority and social signals surely help me to come up in the eyes of search engine crawlers.
To avoid being caught in the Google Sandbox, I believe in no over optimization.
When you’re working with a fresh domain, you should do implement simple white hat techniques. Over optimization for a fresh domain increases the chances of being caught in the sandbox.
Another way not to get caught in Google sandbox is, publish content on less popular keywords or phrases. It works! 🙂
Iftekhar Ahmed is an SEO analyst, he is also the owner of IftiSEO.com, he writes on his blog on internet marketing related topics like SEO, Online Earning and Blogging.
My strategy would be a direct approach of finding similar new sites and checking up the keywords they are performing on.
Once I get a good list of 20-30 keywords from 5-10 new similar websites, all I would do is, write a much better and quality content on the same. Mind one thing that, niche should never be compromised and should be relevant.
In fact I wrote a complete guide with step by step process and I call it the “Sweet Steal Technique“
Shubhanshi is a digital marketing enthusiast and a blogger at GrowWithWeb.com.
Traffic is the lifeline of any website.
The existence of a site without traffic is similar like a body without a soul.
Expecting lead, sales, or money from that kind of site is nothing but making yourself fool.
No matter, how much money you have invested in your website designing, if no one visits your site, it’s useless.
Isn’t it scary?
Yeah, it is!
Getting traffic on a new website was a challenging task for me.
Luckily, after spending countless hours, I’ve cracked the code that brings a massive amount of traffic on a new website within a short time.
Today, I am sharing all those tactics works well for me, and I hope it will work for you as well.
But before that, I would like to thank Hussain for giving me the opportunity to write for this fantastic blog.
So here we go.
Make sure you have completed the On-Page optimization:
If you seriously want to see your website on the first page of the search engines results for your potential keywords, make sure you have done the On-page optimization tasks.
Once you ended with on-page optimization, login to your Google Search Console account to check if there is any crawl error or any other kind of bug on the website. If you find any, immediately fix it.
After that, use Screaming Frog SEO Spider tool to crawl your website, make sure you haven’t missed anything while optimizing your web pages.
Your On Page Optimization task finished. Now it’s time to focus on other factors that drive traffic to your website.
Create Fabulous Content That Your Audience is Wants to Read:
No one can deny this fact, my friend.
You need to create an impressive piece of content which you think your audience will love.
I know what are you thinking right now?
How would you know what your audience eager to know? Isn’t it?
That’s not as tough as you might be thinking.
Just peek into those websites where your audience visit.
These websites could be question answer sites like Quora.com, Slack, forums, or even Facebook groups. You may find the topics for your content in your competitor’s comments section also. 😉
Share As Much As Possible on Social Media:
Social media works like a charm for compelling content. All you have to do is to choose a right social platform for your website, engage with your potential audience on it and share your content with them.
I have noticed that many people don’t share others content on their social platforms. That is a huge mistake they are making.
I wish you don’t repeat their mistake. Sharing is caring.
If you love something and think it will help others also, share it on your social media profiles and give credit to the creator.
Earn some high-quality backlinks:
Since Google have updated its Penguin algorithm getting quality backlinks has become more challenging task than before.
But thanks to Brian Dean from Backlinko, he showed us how to do natural link building easily.
I love his moving man method, skyscraper technique, broken link building formula. They all work very well.
Finally, the last but the best link building method, I use to get quality backlinks for my websites is below:
Here is the step-by-step formula you can use:
Step 1: Choose a post for which you want to build the backlinks.
Step 2: Set a Google Alert for the topic of your post. And Google will start sending you the recently published content related to that topic in your inbox.
Step 3: Open each post and check if you can get a link from them.
Step 4: Send an email to the website owner and ask them to link your post in their content.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to let them know how linking to your content would be beneficial for their audience.
If few of your emails gets response and webmasters link to your website, can also boost up your website’s ranking.
As far as Google Sandbox is concerned, it was introduced by Google in 2014. I don’t think that exists anymore in 2017.
So, there is no need to worry about getting traffic to your new website. Just focus on reaching to your audience by all the means you have.
I’ve mentioned all the tactics which I use to get traffic to my website.
I hope my advice would assist you in getting traffic to your site.
Thanks for reading.
Minuca creates influencer roundups that provide quality content, bring huge traffic, and help bloggers connect with influencers.
The easiest way to get organic traffic to a new site is to target low competition keywords.
Some keywords may have just 10-20 searches per month and no one is targeting them, so even with a new site where you just write good content and do good on-page SEO you can rank for them within a week.
It is also very important to decide on your platform. Most people when they think of organic traffic and SEO think of blogs, but you can instead start an eCommerce site and drop ship products. You can check the various types of eCommerce platforms in a roundup I made recently. The advantage is that when you target a keyword say “Best blue socks for babies under 5 years” you will get say 10-20 visits per month to your site. If you are monetizing with AdSense and say you get 5 ad clicks you will barely make $1 but if you are selling it in your online store, even 5 sales with a profit of $2 per item, you make $10.
Daniel S. is doing digital marketing at Monetize.info. For over 12 years he helped hundreds of customers to establish a presence online and win the digital race.
Starting a brand new website and driving traffic from search engines is not an easy process. To protect from spammers, usually Google place new domains in a sandbox for a couple months so you will barely see any organic traffic.
The solution is to start with a domain name that is already registered and indexed in Google. You can purchase such domains from marketplaces like Godaddy auctions, Sedo or NameCheap marketplace.
If there isn’t any names that you like at a decent price, you can simply make an offer to purchase an abandoned website in your niche, that’s laying on page 4+ in Google. I’ve seen many webmasters willing to sell the domains instead of letting them drop.
However if you already registered a domain name and built an website here are several tricks that will help you rank faster without ending up in the sandbox:
Avoid any black hat tactics. Period ! If you start building backlinks like crazy you will end up in the sandbox and you’ll have to ask for a reconsideration from Google. You still have to clean your backlinks profile so why doing it in the first place?!
Get some authority backlinks. Don’t get mad with it in the first months but try to get some backlinks from authority websites in your niche. It sounds easier but in practice is quite difficult to get those links for a brand new sites if you don’t have connection. You need to be creative: write awesome guest posts , create infographics or video tutorials etc.
Focus on ONSITE SEO. Make sure your website is ONSITE SEO optimized as much as possible. If you’re on WordPress you should install Yoast plugin thats doing a fantastic job. Check this post for some on site seo tips you should implement.
The bottom line is that in the first couple of months you need to be extra precaution.
Everyone wants organic traffic but if you rush things you may end up being penalized so all the work will be in vain. Instead, be patient, work on your website, build connections with fellows from your niche and the results will come.
Nina Baumann is an SEO expert, online entrepreneur and founder of her own SEO agency, Linkspiel.
It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon!
Generating organic traffic cannot be a stand-alone goal, it’s about quality and a user-centred approach. Testing, measuring and analyzing will be essential to meet the needs of the users.
Sherman Smith, in the field of blogging and internet marketing since 2010.
As far as generating organic traffic, I use a keyword tool called Long Tail Pro to find my main keyword.
There are three things I look for in a keyword.
How competitive it is, how many searches per month, and number external links are linking to the site using the keyword.
Once I find the keyword for my next blog post, I come up with LSI Keywords so my blog posts are more cohesive and above all makes sense to search engines.
As far as how many times I use the keyword on my posts, I make sure that I don’t go over .4% of the total number of times my main keyword shows up in the post. In this way I won’t be penalized by Google.
Nikhil Saini is a full time blogger, content writer, and domainer. He creates guides to educate people about different aspects of the blogging.
ASAP. This word seems quite heavy when we talk about SEO. Well, we can’t say about when we will get the results. Everything goes as per BIG G wants, but yeah our experience, knowledge, and implementation strategy effects the entire process of getting traffic. First of all, we need to consider few things like:
- Is site offering single or multiple service/products?
- Find Long tail keywords having low competition
- Content structure of existing sites of same niche
- Link profiles of competitors
The overall focus should on competition analysis at very beginning.
As per the search volume I will take the number of keywords.
Then content strategy will come into the scene. You can hire a qualified writer having proper knowledge in your niche. If you do have, then start writing because no one can better understand your site other than you.
Don’t rush through entire process. Follow the step by step process.
Let all the things go naturally. Allow social sharing of your content.
After 20-25 days start building links naturally. You can start with blog commenting. Leaving thoughtful comments on same niche blogs increase the authority and visibility of your brand new site.
Increase the link velocity along with the time.
Don’t forget to trace all your efforts. Maintain an excel sheet to manage all your links and other stuff.
Experiment with different link building strategy. Mostly white hat links should be your priority to be safe from any penalty.
With proper on-page we may secure a place in top 5 pages in the beginning.
Then will social signal and good backlinks you can improve ranking.
Trace the ranking time to time and make changes in content and link building strategy accordingly.
This is only a overview only.
Otherwise, we need to follow many things because you don’t know what will work to rank a site on certain keywords.
Experiment and trace the results. But don’t get obsessed with it.
Fix a day to do all these things, rest spend time in learning new things and updating yourself about new trends in your industry and make updates in your site content.
Atish Ranjan has been blogging since 2010, and he created many blogs, and recently started a forum, https://24x7forum.com to help people with issues.
Google Sandbox is like a probation period for new websites. If you start implementing spammy technique from the beginning, your site won’t get desirable ranking even it has good content. So, it is better to keep things natural, and gradually pass the probation period, and site will start ranking gradually.
Here the question is, generating organic traffic without being caught in Google Sandbox. So, I would suggest focusing more on on-page optimization rather than link building in the beginning because Google keeps an eye over link building movements, one bad link may put your site into the problem. Try to research for very low competitive long tail keywords with some search volume. When you get such keywords, write detailed content with lots of examples, case studies, etc. For the beginning, this will be a good start, and your site won’t get caught in sandbox. Even if you want to do link building which is somehow needed, don’t do it aggressively rather start building links in a natural manner with a continuous link velocity that will boost your site in search rankings. When you write excellent engaging content, your link building efforts will be minimized automatically because many bloggers love to link out to good resources.
In short, keyword research is the key for new sites! Moreover, a little bit of link building will be a plus point if done with good link velocity. Don’t do anchor text spam while building links!
I am sure if you choose this approach, your site won’t get into sandbox.
Michael Pozdnev is the founder of IWANNABEABLOGGER. He shares some tips on how to increase the traffic and profit of blogs, regardless of the topic.
Because my blog is in the area of online marketing where we have a very intensive competition, I had to come up with a new strategy of generating organic traffic.
This strategy was taken in real life.
It’s friendship. The building of relationships.
In the beginning, you’ll need to make your friends like you and earn their trust.
#1. You need to show that you deserve their friendship.
It’s highly important to create amazing how-to guides, as such guides create your image of an expert. Look at my article called ‘How to Write Your First Blog Post’. There you’ll find more than 16,000 words, my research, as well as recommendations from 63 experts.
#2. Give compliments.
Even a simple email with compliments will be able to open the doors to the future friendship.
#3. Be helpful when your help is important to your friends.
Usually, everybody needs traffic. I help them get it. I share their posts in social media and link to their articles.
Thanks to this strategy my new friends have also already started to link to my posts. That’s how I got the links from Copyblogger, Problogger, MatthewWoodward, NeilPatel and SumoMe.
It’s an awesome strategy for new sites that will surely lead not only to increase of your organic traffic but to friendship as well!
You may know James James Reynolds for hosting the show Traffic Jam Podcast. But he is also the owner of Veravo, an international SEO firm.
Without doubt content marketing!
But here’s the issue…
There is an overwhelming amount of content on the internet, which can make it tough for a new site to stand out.
If your content is to be amongst the 1% that actually attracts links, social media shares (and a tonne of organic traffic) you’ll need a proven process.
Here’s what I recommend step-by-step:
- Use website’s like Alltop or Buzzsumo to find influencers in your niche.
- Study their website’s and social media accounts to identify the content topics those influencer’s care the most about.
- Create content on that topic finding ways to improve on the influencer’s content, perhaps by using better, design or sharing more in-depth information.
- Reach out to 200+ of those influencers with an email that goes something like this:
“Hey, I know you’re interested in topic X,
As it happens I just published a post about X, wanna check it out?”.
When you get your brand-new content into the hands of the people that are most likely to share it, then you can generate a flood of organic traffic (and quality links) very quickly. The result of that = higher rankings.
Jan is the WordPress mentor for online entrepreneurs. He helps business owners and bloggers use WordPress to build and grow their business online.
If I where to start a new site, I would heavily focus on spreading my content as widely as possible.
I would create some long posts (2k words and more) and share them on social (FB groups, my own fanpage, etc). I’d repurpose content pieces from those long posts and share them in graphics, short Youtube clips, etc.
My friend Mark Asquith from the Excellence Expected podcast also has some great tips along those lines:
2017 will be a year to focus on creating a series of content that helps people on an ongoing basis. To that end, my strategy is simple: create a calendar of high quality, longer form content that can not only be repurposed but that will show visitors that my site is here for the long-haul. The repurposing of this content across multiple mediums will be key to generating organic traffic from new audiences.
The bottom-line in our eyes is to create helpful content for your audience once, and then leverage it in multiple ways.
Anuradha is the co-founder of DHost.com, a website specially designed for Web Hosting Shoppers who are looking for effective tips for blogging and reliable hosting reviews.
Organic traffic implies the content you embed on your site today will drive traffic tomorrow, next month, and next year from now. When it arises to getting more organic traffic, there are good ways, and there are better ways. There are also some downright offensive ways that should be kept away at all costs.
The most notable things to employ to get the organic traffic and to stay safe from Google Sandbox:
- Build the Genuine Content You Probably Can: Your blog is a presentation of your business. High-quality content ranks better, which in turn encourages more organic traffic. It’s also the kind of content; users will desire to want to in their blogs and share with other people.
- Seize The Low-Hanging Fruit: Rather of consuming your time going after something that may not even be attainable and high competitive, go after the low-hanging fruit of long-tail key phrases.
- Write Persistently: Aim for once a week at least. Regular updates keep readers coming again, which retains them sharing your content, linking to it, and informing others about it. These are all signs of raising the organic traffic on your blog.
- Don’t Anger Google: Increasing organic traffic should always be done ethically, or you will get caught with a Google penalty earlier or later.
Here are some points for avoiding those penalties:
– Don’t create cheap links.
– Don’t ever, ever spend for inbound links.
– Don’t practice exact-match anchor text.
– Don’t publish low quality, or plagiarized content.
– Do publish excellent content that’s valuable to readers.
- Guest Blog For Traffic, Not SEO
Owner and founder of Blogging Nuts. His passion is to solve blog related problems that startups are facing these days.
To generate organic traffic I only uses keyword research in a better way and it always worked for me.
Because for a new website listing your blog article on first page of Google is more important than getting more clicks. Actually it creates a entry point for organic traffic thus creating value.
Before creating a new blog post you have to check the most popular keywords, but don’t be obsessed by the search volume. Sometimes, long tail keywords with low search volume are more valuable, and you can rank for them more easily.
For example: Before 1 year when I wrote a post on keyword “add drop down menu to blogger” the search volume for the keywords was 20-30. But the keyword competition was low it was around 25-28. And now it is ranking good and driving much organic traffic to my blog and also one of the most viewed post on my blog.
And if it is a news blog I prefer Reddit to drive huge traffic to new website.
The best way to find keywords is still with the Google keyword planner following some paid such as Long Tail Pro, SEMrush etc.
Abhishek Jain is Blogger, Digital Marketer and Speaker who blogs on Rusty Blogger about Blogging, SEO, Domain Name Investment and Make Money Online.
Google Sandbox is very similar to a new website being placed on probation and this happens with every new website.
This is a kind of spam filter that Google keeps for every new website so that they no new website could come in SERPs by spamming.
In my opinion this is very important to have this filter by Google but we can bypass it for our new website to get organic traffic from search engines.
It can be done by generating high quality original content, creating high quality links so that google trust your website and consider it fastly to come up in search engine result pages.
You can do this by releasing a press release which is easily noticed by search engines.
This method I generally use for websites(new) that I use for event blogging and this works for me and hope will work for you to get quick results.
Mi Muba has been in the field of blogging for the last six years. Working for several blogs as ghost blogger and successfully managing his own green blog.
Creating contents that your audience badly wants is the best strategy to get organic traffic on a new site.
But the question is how to know what your audience really wants. Because sometimes it looks your audience wants something but actually it doesn’t.
So it should be your aim while creating a post that it must go viral. That means people like it so much so they can’t resist resharing it more and more, talking about it, mentioning it and referring it everywhere.
The most important places where you can know which topic is in highest demand of your audience and that will go viral are:
- Social media particularly your niche-related Facebook groups where self-promotion is not allowed, Twitter and Google communities. Whenever you see a post related to your niche don’t forget to look how many likes and reshare it has. This will let you know if that post is really popular.
- Blog comments on posts related to your niche. Check what people are demanding more and where they are confused to do something. So you can give a new angle to the topic of a given post where you found such comments.
- Questions and answers sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers where from you can sometimes select a question related to your niche as headline of your next post.
After doing all that research pick the most popular topic and give it to new angle and then search if people are also searching it on Google. This obviously you can do with the help of Google Keyword Planner.
It means you need not to be super unique while creating blog posts on your new blog to get more traffic. Just follow whatever is most popular in your niche but cover it with a new angle after extensively researching it on places as I noted above.
Ikechi Awazie is a thought blogger and Web developer whose blog focuses on inspiring change plus provides creative personal developments tips that will make a difference..
The Google Sand box is a kind of probation for new sites. It is a way to test new websites to see if they will ever remain faithful in producing great content and it also helps Google to keep spams in check. So it is obvious that new sites cannot avoid this filter but should not be worried about it
My strategy for generating organic traffic begins with having a plan for my website.
If a plan is devised for content, then there will be no need for me to be worried about the Sandbox. A blueprint will help me to be focused and produce green rich content for my audience that will always be useful and make Google smile, .
Guest posting is another method of overcoming Google Sandbox. As I write great content for other websites and get links to my site, it helps to let Google know that I am genuine and know my stuff especially when the backlinks are coming from authority blogs that have a high page rank.
Social Media would also be among the tools I would use to generate traffic to my new site. Since I have built a great relationship with my audience, It will be easy to direct my audience to my new site.
An SEO analyst by profession and blogger by passion, founder of ALL DIGITAL TRENDS and Techibhai.
Some link building techniques you can’t ignore in the year of 2017.
Link Building is still about relevancy; it is not given the amount of External backlinks yours have however the nature of External backlinks indicating your site. Google Algorithm changes do not influence site which assembles quality backlink the correct way. So ensure you do it right as well!
My favorite strategy to increase website traffic consists of three different tactics:
Commenting on quality and high authority blogs in your niche has so far brought the best traffic for us.
Create an epic roundup post.
Join Some Blog Communities like Inbound.org, Aha-now, Bizsugar.
Dennis is the co-founder of LeapFroggr and is currently running SeriousMD, an EMR/EHR platform that connects doctors to their patients.
To jumpstart the traffic on sites, I make sure that I do 3 things.
- I need to perfect the SEO for the website.
- I need to create a mix of long form content
- I run my first organic campaign which comprises of:
– Organic outreach to influencers
– Take part in clean Facebook Groups or other message boards
– Interact or guest post on small blogs that PR sites tend to copy from (you can trace this rather easily)
– Social Media Ads for some better performing content (small budget, but highly targeted with a clear call to action)
From there, the traffic will be sufficient and I can proceed to backlinks over time.
To be honest, I do not worry about the Sandbox at all. From my experience, I haven’t really seen the sandbox since 2008.
Mubashar Akram @ MetaParticle.com
Mubashar is a Digital Marketing Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Professional SEO & Social Media Marketer and a quick learner.
I usually don’t encourage link outreach at start.
The main focus is to generate high quality informative content and perfect combination of on-page optimization with bunch of LSI keywords. Remember, the quantity of the content is as important as the quality.
The more the content is helpful, the more it is shareable and linkable.
Once you’re done with content strategy, start content marketing with authority guest posts. Start building your social media audience, spread the word on every single social platform because they are most efficient and perform effectively. Test the process and repeat it with new post, you’ll be loving the results. 🙂
Ali Raza, is a Google and Bing Certified Advertising Professional and Digital Marketing Blogger.
As far as your question is concerned, for a new site to get traffic without being caught up by Sandbox, the first thing I will suggest is add social signals because I’m able to generate big amount of traffic and rankings just from solid social signals, so they play a strong role and so far I have never seen a case where the signals troubled the Google’s radar.
The second thing I feel that needs to used to get avoided from Sandbox is to write Quality and long content.
Write 2000 to 3000 words article, do some solid external linking to authority sites, add some social signals and voila!
You will see the traffic.
Apart from this, for link diversification, i feel you can get some links from forum profiles, blog commenting and Q/A sites.
Louie Luc is a full-time online marketer and SEO expert who likes experimenting new tactics and sharing his results and knowledge on his IM blog, Buzz Nitrous.
Although this is a very good question, there is yet to be a perfect, bulletproof answer to go with it. When we talk about Google’s Sandbox there are no certainties, only a bunch of theories.
If you think about it, the best overall strategy you should always use is to make every action you take on your website look natural. If Google notices something that looks artificial, you’ll be closer to getting a penalty or even risk being deindexed.
If you’re starting a new website and want to avoid being caught in the Google Sandbox, just do things naturally.
Or make them look like so. Add content and build links gradually. Don’t try to do everything in a single sip.
A great way to generate organic traffic to a new website is to buy an existent domain from a dead site. New articles published will be ranked much faster. This has the added benefit of avoiding the Google Sandbox as the website has been active for some time.
Manidipa Bhaumik is an avid blogger who writes about WordPress Blogging, SEO & Passive Income Ways at WPBlogging360 & technology hacks at TechListz.
There are many ways to bring traffic to a site. However, traffic that comes from the search engines are more preferred as they convert the most. It is a bit difficult to rank a new site and compete for its share of organic traffic. But if one has some solid plans, it’s not impossible either.
Choosing less competitive yet profitable niche is the key. Some effective measures that we can take to bring organic traffic to a new site are:
- Build a keyword database where all the most searched keywords are covered. Don’t forget to include the LSI and long tail keywords.
- Prepare a content plan that can accommodate those group of keywords in a natural way.
- Write indepth quality content – the bigger, the better.
- Optimize the onpage SEO factors starting from Title to Interlinks.
- Try building quality inbound links (contextual preferred). The amount of link you need to build will depend on the competitiveness of your niche.
Along with these, a super-fast update frequency can do wonders.
White Hat techniques may take more efforts, but it can of course save you in the long run 🙂
To gain quality organic traffic, there will be two things you need to focus on: 1) Content 2) Backlinks
For the content, I would suggest you go slowly, because since it’s a new blog you won’t be having that much of traffic or readership, so it’s not something I would generally recommend. So publish 1-2 posts a day and promote it on Social Media for a while.
For the backlinks, start with commenting on other similar niche blogs, social bookmark the posts, and write guest posts on popular blogs.
These two are the basic ones to get good traffic. But since your question is about “ASAP”, then you need to figure out the trending topics on the Internet first, you can make use of Google Alerts for this. So make a list of such topics and post about them on your blog, this will help your blog to get ranked easily on top 10 or 20 positions. Eventually, after some backlinks & authority, your site will rank good and you’ll be getting a decent amount of traffic via search engines.
If you can focus on doing this naturally without any shortcut traffic method, then you can forget about Sandbox and all the Google animals & birds.
Sathish Arumugam is an Entrepreneur, Website Designer, Professional Niche Blogger and Digital Marketer.
To generate organic traffic to a new site,
First I will write some of the quality content, and I try to give that post in a lengthy way with the help of various search.
Then I focus on social signals where the social signals are playing a crucial role for Seo in nowadays.
Next, I bookmark it on the higher authority pages, but I never do it more than 5.
Next, important tool for organic traffic is Blog Commenting so that I will do blog comments on a regular basis, and I always offer 5 to 6 blog comments on every week.
I do guest posts for two months once.
Then I try to give “do follow profile creations” up to 4 – 5 on each and every week. Then I focus to give some answers on QUORA by submitting the backlinks.
And finally, I will publish 3 to 5 posts in web 2.0.
These are the activities which I follow to generate organic traffic for a site.
And also. In my leisure time, I will do Broken Backlinks.
Adeel Sami, the resident of the small village in the Central Punjab, Pakistan; in love with blogging, writing, and networking.
Well, the organic traffic is attained easily by writing the original, genuine and interesting content.
The more you push the new content, the higher chances the search engines crawl your blog regularly and indexing the content.
And that you must have to play nice with the theme and have on-page SEO matters checked for each push of the content.
Actually at first, you should NOT really target the high competitive keywords at all for the relatively new website.
Because the website is new, search engine’s trust is at its highest low.
Are you thinking to get the links?
Oh my gosh! Seriously don’t pay a pence on acquiring the links at all.
Or even if you’re happy to spend the money, why not get the quality content by hiring one or two good writers?
But just DON’T spend it on the links.
As buying the links kind of triggers the expression that the site is a spam generator as though search engines (mostly Google) hate paid links.
I’d just sum up that create the content worth-linking itself.
Good content = Winning the heart of readers = Winning the incoming links on its own.
Play low, with rules and target the long-tailed keywords to start to win the trust of search engines!
My answer is “everything in moderation”.
I believe this is a Buddhist concept, but it applies here.
Yes, you should comment on other blogs but in moderation
Yes, you should include internal links,
Yes, you should have external links to relevant, bigger bloggers but in moderation.
In this way, you’ll establish yourself as a new force in your niche but not red flag Google.
Russell Lobo is a serial entreprenuer and niche site owner who blogs and shares the case studies of his niche sites.
The best way to get organic traffic to your website and not be caught up in sandbox is to create links from Authority sites as soon as possible.
Google starts ranking you and your sandbox time starts when you have indexed the site AND created a few links to it.
I would say, create links from high authority sites as soon as possible.
Whenever I start a new site, I have my team focus on traffic generation outside of search engines, while building up the site’s authority.
This would mean involve answering questions on Q&A sites as Quora, promoting on relevant forums and discussion boards and creating extremely high-quality guest posts on high-traffic sites.
Focus on attracting people through these efforts and consider the links built in the process as a bonus.
Evan is a 19year old Blogger and Affiliate Marketer with 8years of experience in the industry.
Well depends on what “ASAP” means. If it means “next week”, I’d say it’s better to dupe the project. Because whatever works “instantly”, won’t work in the long run. That’s one of the biggest problems with this industry and our mindset, there’s nothing called “instant long-term success”.
We setup a blog and expect it to make millions for us the next week, well that doesn’t happen.
Although now that response links are losing their value as well, all I do from my end to “speed up” the organic traffic is get quality guest post on the top sites in my niche, and write A LOT OF Articles. It’s almost miraculous how “zero” backlinks and just tons of content can get you the jump from the 99th page to the top 10.
Once I’m there, I start updating every single article, and building 2-tier links. (Just recently started this, and the results are overwhelming, will probably soon get a case-study on it.)
Could try using expired domains as well as they already have an established Google history, but I’ve never used them for the primary sites personally.
Nahid Hasan is an SEO and Internet Marketing Consultant. He is running an SEO and Internet Marketing firm Bizcope since 2010.
For all new websites, I have a different plan. That is focusing on other forms of marketing. As an SEO professional, I know Search Engine is one of the biggest sources of targeted traffic for better conversion. But still it takes some time to rank on first page.
So either I can work on SEO and wait to rank it on first page or I can work on other forms of marketing by which I can drive traffic from some different sources.
Remember, whatever I am doing to get traffic from other sources, it helps me rank higher.
I start working with guest posting and social media engagements. If the client has budget I work on AdWords and Facebook advertisement. Don’t forget user experience and social media engagements; both influence SEO ranking.
So here is the summary what I do:
- Work hard to outreach high quality Guest Post
- Work hard to ensure that I have strong social media presence among the niches.
- Blog Commenting (One of the best way to drive traffic for new site).
- I create infographics and use it for link outreaching. It’s an old school trick but still most effective.
- I create presentation for media such as Slideshare
- I take Interview to get more social shares and links.
- I work on Advertisement in some cases.
It might seem odd but honestly i didn’t focus in this part in my entire journey. I know we need to have high quality links, good on-page structure and positive user behavior throughout our site. If I find my site not improving rank for a certain time, I consider that I may have not added much link juice to it.
Then I keep working to pass more link juice to it. Also I work on some social media activities, and try to ensure that we have positive user statistics.
Recently Google announced that sandbox was a myth.
Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging and SEO.
My tips to generate organic traffic is to write long posts (over 1,000 words) with great content. Do your research and keep it simple and interesting for your readers. Be sure to label all your photos and graphics with the correct text you want to rank for.
Be sure to do intersite linking and link out to influencers in your niche.
You then must take the time to network and share your content through the social channels as well as forums and other online communities. These can take more time than researching and writing your post.
I would also be careful not to overstuff keywords and use a plugin like Yoast for SEO so you can monitor that.
Then be patient and rinse and repeat!
With 20 years corporate experience in IT consultancy, specialising in investment banking, he decided to branch out and now run his own SEO agency based in London.
One word – Content.
No, actually 2 words – Content Distribution.
If you have a new site with low authority and minimal market brand exposure you need to produce high quality, relevant content and share, share, share!
Social Media is your friend here, Facebook 1.1billion users. Instagram 500 million users. Twitter 305 million users. Snapchat 120 million users and rising. Everywhere you look people are on their smartphones. There are 3 billion smartphone users worldwide. And the best thing – you can reach these people, communicate with them, talk to them.
My advice would be find out where your prospective customers/clients are hanging out, there are many public social media demographic studies, choose a primary channel to focus on and OWN IT!
Use tools like IFTTT to share across other channels with minimal effort.
I get 90% of my traffic from Facebook so that’s what I tailor my social media posts to and where I put all my effort, I don’t totally neglect Twitter, IG or G+ but automate the sharing across these channels.
The Google Sandbox question is an interesting one – does it really exist? Gary Illyes says no but Matt Cutts has gone on record to say he recommends registering a site, putting up a ‘Coming Soon’ page, get it indexed and then when the site has finished development it may find it easier to rank.
Personally I don’t think an all-encompassing ‘Sandbox’ exists, but I do believe in the ‘Sandbox Effect’ which, when you think about it, makes perfect sense. A brand new site, low domain age, no social signals, low traffic and just recently indexed will struggle to rank against more established sites.
The key is patience.
OK, I’ve now made it three words. Content. Distribution. Patience…. 😉
If you don’t have a list yet then focus on blogger outreach, guest blogging, and creating sharable content.
Anna is the founder of DigitalDriveWithAnna, She loves helping entrepreneurs, small businesses, and bloggers reach their maximum audience with Search Engine Wizardry.
It’s normal that new website needs to wait before it gets strong positions and search traffic.
The best tactic is not to do anything that may violate Google Webmaster guidelines.
Besides that, my strategy for a new website will involve:
- Optimization for long tail keywords that have enough search volume
- Cautious acquiring of links from authoritative websites (but without aggressive tactics)
- Partnership with great online and offline platforms in the websites’ niche, e.g. promoting articles or products in local magazines
- “Google My Business” listing for a local website + local on-page optimization
- Strong social media campaigns that will help to get traffic and awareness
- A lot of analysis and observation
Naveen Kumar is Digital Marketer by Profession and a Blogger by Passion. He is working as Digital Marketer in a Web Development Firm, called JoomDev.
I can sum up this question in just a few steps.
Step 1: Produce Quality content which your audience love to read and share.
Step 2: Submit it to GWT and other search engines for fast indexing.
Step 3: Interlink the posts and build only high authority backlinks. Avoid spamming.
Step 4: Don’t ignore social media. Social signals play a prominent role in improving SERP Ranking.
Note: On page is the key factor for fast ranking so you need do proper On page SEO.
Now, as Sam Hurley, Nigel McHugh, and Nahid Hassan said, we have a formal proof that Google Sandbox effect that new sites face is not a specific update or a system, it is a build up of all those updates that Google has developed over the last years, all those updates that require the site to build authority first before getting serious search traffic. So, you need time for sure to prove that you are the one who should be ranked high, and your behavior in that time will position your website on the SERP’s.
The experts’ contributions above, just outlined the road map for you. You just need to take charge and dig smoothly through until you reach the top. So, remember:
It is only temporary and it is not here to stay, just don’t make it worse, it will be over and everything will be ok!